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Autumn-Spiced Chicken, Almond Rice Pilaf

Serves 4-6

Marinate chicken in vinegar, Worcestershire and a flavorful variety of spices today, then cook tomorrow with an apples and onions sauce. Pile atop an easy-to-make Almond Rice Pilaf and top with bread and butter pickles to finish!


For the Autumn-Spiced Chicken:

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard (half a palmful)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin (half a palmful)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice (half a palmful)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander (half a palmful)
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric (a scant palmful)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken, 4 thighs and 1 large, quartered breast or 4 small, split breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 crisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cloudy cider or hard cider
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Bread and Butter Pickles, homemade or store-bought

For the Almond Rice Pilaf:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup broken spaghetti, in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup white long grain rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped


For the Autumn-Spiced Chicken:
Combine the spices, salt, ginger, garlic, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Add the chicken and turn to coat; marinate 4 hours or overnight.

Heat the EVOO in a Dutch oven and brown the chicken in batches over medium-high heat; remove to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium; add the butter and melt. Add the onions and apples and cook to light brown, 10-12 minutes. Add the cider, stock and browned chicken; cover and simmer for 20 minutes to cook through.

For the Almond Rice Pilaf:
Melt the butter in a saucepot over medium heat. Add the almonds and pasta and toast to golden. Add the rice and stock and cook, covered, at a simmer, to tender. Add the parsley and fluff with fork.

Serve the pilaf topped with the chicken and sauce. Top with bread and butter pickles to finish.